Man Faces Trespassing Charges After Being Found Camping on Walt Disney World’s Discovery Island

UPDATE 10/5/20: Richard McGuire has accepted a plea deal in the case listed below. According to court records, the deal was filed on September 30th and is now showing that the case is closed.

McGuire entered a “no contest” plea in addition to the trespassing charge not showing up as a conviction on his criminal record.

McGuire was ordered to pay a nominal $100 fine plus court and prosecution costs. He was also banned for life from Walt Disney World property.

Source: WKMG News 6/Click Orlando

A man was arrested Thursday after Walt Disney World security discovered that he was camping on Discovery Island, which has been abandoned for over 20 years.

Disney called in Orange County Sheriff’s deputies who searched the area on foot, by boat, and by helicopter before finding Richard McGuire, 42. McGuire claimed that he didn’t hear deputies call for him using loud speakers because he had been sleeping inside a building on the island.

McGuire said that he had been camping since Monday or Tuesday and that he had planned on staying about a week in the “tropical paradise,” which he didn’t know was off limits.

In addition to being banned from returning to Walt Disney World property, McGuire was arrested and charged with trespassing.

For more on the history of Discovery Island, check out this classic article from Chuck Mirarchi: Treasure Island / Discovery Island: A Look Back

Source: WKMG News 6/ClickOrlando

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Tom is the host and producer of the DIS Unplugged: Disneyland Edition podcast, plus Disneyland Editor of The DIS. He enjoys traveling with his wife and teenage son. At this point, their favorite destination is Alaska, with a FIFTH cruise there planned for the Summer of 2019. In his spare time he volunteers with Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, and help found his son's former Cub Scout Pack. His favorite Disneyland attraction is Space Mountain.


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